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Reciprocity Information

Reciprocity Process

The Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Act (TCA 68-221-910) gives the Certification Board the authority to grant reciprocity without an examination to those operators certified in other states providing the requirements for certification in that state are comparable to or greater than the requirements in Tennessee. Such issuance of a certificate may be contingent upon reciprocal privileges being granted by that state to an operator from Tennessee.

Listed below are the steps in becoming certified by reciprocity:

  • The operator must request reciprocity by submitting an application and corresponding supplement sheet for each certification. A complete application must be received sixty (60) days or more in advance of the scheduled Board meeting date for consideration.
  • The Certification office will send a verification form to the appropriate state for completion.
  • After receiving the completed verification form from the reciprocating state, the application will be presented to the Board at the next meeting. You will be notified of the meeting date and the staff recommendation prior to the board meeting.
  • Upon approval by the Board, your certificate will be mailed to you.
  • The current fee for the application is $100.
  • For more information regarding the reciprocity process, please refer to the Rules Governing Water and Wastewater Operator Certification. 

Submitting Reciprocity Application:

Make check or money order payable to Treasurer, State of Tennessee

Mail application, all supporting documentation, and $100.00 application fee to:
Operator Certification Board
Julian R. Fleming Training Center
2022 Blanton Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

For more information call 615-898-8090 or email: